- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 15, 2016

MALIBU, Calif. (AP) - Swimmers, surfers and sunbathers who for decades have had to scramble down a bluff to reach a Malibu beach now have access via a staircase.

A ceremony held Tuesday opened the 30-foot stairway at Malibu Colony Beach.

The access creates a link to Malibu Lagoon State Park to the east and to hiking trails in the hills above. The state Coastal Commission, Coastal Conservancy and the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority spent about $1 million to design and build the stairs.

It’s the latest stretch of formerly hard-to-reach Malibu shoreline that’s now accessible. Last summer the commission opened a public path to Carbon Beach, sometimes known as “Billionaire’s Beach,” that gives access to the sand behind oceanside mansions.

The commission plans to open at least 18 additional paths throughout Malibu.


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